New York

This state has a law currently in place; read below to see whether your background qualifies you to practice. Please note bills and amendments can be introduced at any time, so check the Get Involved area below to see what bills we're actively monitoring in this state. If action on a specific bill is needed, additional materials will be posted to this page.
ALERT: In the 2017-2018 New York legislative session, S 2231 has been amended to license nutritionists and dietitians, with CNSs eligible for licensure. We have been involved in the process in order to obtain the best bill possible for the broadest range of nutrition care providers. Read the latest version here: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S02231&term=2017&Summar...

CURRENT LAW

Summary: 

This law is a certification law. The law certifies dietitians and nutritionists, and there is a non-RD pathway to certification. Certification gives you the right to use the titles "certified dietitian," “certified dietitian," or “certified nutritionist”. However, there is no certification requirement for providing nutrition care. 

Disclaimer: This information does not constitute legal advice. This is a preliminary interpretation of language of state statutes, and cannot substitute for legal counsel.

PROPOSED LAW

Summary: 
  • No one who is not licensed or exempt from licensure would be allowed to practice. Licensees of other licensed healthcare professions in NY would be exempt from licensure. Certain activities as noted below could be performed without a license. 

 

  •  Under this bill the two professions are licensed separately as “licensed dietitian" or “LDN" and "licensed nutritionist" or "LN", each having its own set of requirements.”  There would be one scope of practice for both professions / licenses

 

  • If passed as written the bill would require licensure in order to provide nutrition interventions that are targeted to address a medical condition or conditions. Counseling or education to maintain health or prevent a condition when it does not exist is an exempt activity. Non-medical weight loss is an exempt activity. Providing information about supplements or food and their effect on the body is an exempt activity. If passed as written the use of privately earned, nationally recognized credentials would be allowed but the use of "licensed dietitian", licensed nutritionist", "LDN" or "LN" would be illegal.
     
  • The seats on the state board that oversees licensure would be allocated half nutritionists, half dietitians.

  

 

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